Gluconeogenesis: Making New Sugar


Gluco - means sugar

neo - means new

genesis - means creation

Gluconeogenesis is the metabolic process of making new sugar in the body from non-carbohydrate substances such as amino acids. This process primarily occurs in the liver and is triggered by stress hormones from the adrenal glands during times of stress, sudden drops in energy (hypoglycemia), and from taking stimulants (such as caffeine).

In general, it is best not to rely on this system for fuel regulation. Although it is a natural function, it should be limited to emergencies. This means that we must reduce our stress loads, balance our blood sugars, and avoid excess consumption of stimulant containing substances (I love coffee...). If gluconeogenesis is favored then it can lead to dysglycemia (sugar handling issues) and unnecessary taxation to the adrenal gland system. Dysglycemia affects the pancreas which is involved in managing both consumed and produced sugar although it does not produce sugar directly.

Holistic & Integrative Medicine

Temecula, California